Weld County gun owners scare 2 burglary suspects into surrendering

The suspects hid behind a tree before surrendering

WELD COUNTY, Colo. - Two burglary suspects in Weld County were arrested late Friday morning after hitting several spots in a couple of towns in the area, and it was all thanks to two locals who used their pistols to scare them into surrendering.

The first burglary report came in at around 3:35 a.m. Deputies were sent to a local business in the area of Second Avenue and Main Street in Briggsdale. The suspects were described as two individuals wearing dark clothing and black masks, driving a white Dodge Durango with temporary tags, according to Weld County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Turner.

By the time deputies arrived, however, the burglary suspects had left the scene, Turner said.

A short time later, a vehicle matching the description of the Dodge Durango was seen parked in front of Briggsdale Elementary School. As deputies were looking at the vehicle, two people matching the suspects' descriptions were seen exiting the school. Once they saw the deputies, the suspects ran back inside the school, according to Turner. 

A perimeter was set and a team of law enforcement officers, including a police dog, searched the school but no suspects were found inside, except for an American flag that was intended to be flushed down a toilet. The school was then cleared and it remained in session through the rest of the day, officials said. 

The suspects were finally arrested at around 11 a.m. after a local man and his son-in-law found them hiding between trees in a field southeast of the elementary school. According to deputies at the scene, both of the men were carrying pistols which they used to scare the suspects into surrendering. 

Evidence inside the Dodge Durango suggests Cody Joseph Boger, 24, and Edward Boger, 25, are also responsible for burglarizing the Briggsdale Motor Company, the Briggsdale Elementary School, the Grover Market, two vending machines outside of the Grover Market, Dewey’s Café in Stoneham and JD Jeiskell in Stoneham.

Both have been charged with five counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree burglary. 

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sherriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com.

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